Review: Evolution Vintage Gent by Orange Tree Samples

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If you’re in the market for a beautiful, realistic, and playable electric guitar library, you won’t be disappointed with the Evolution Vintage Gent. When it comes to sampled guitars, simply put, Orange Tree Samples is the best.

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Review: Evolution Vintage Gent by Orange Tree Samples

Orange Tree Samples is a company I’ve watched grow for a few years now. I’ve reviewed many of their products and it’s been absolutely startling to see how each release becomes more and more realistic. Because every guitar is so different in character, it’s impossible to capture all guitar tones in one library. They have opted instead for a more a la carte approach where each product represents an extremely deep dive into one particular instrument with its own set of strengths and unique sonic palette. For this latest installment, they’ve set their sights on the iconic sound of a mid-60s hollow body electric guitar, emblematic of the sound of the British invasion movement as well as the early Nashville sound.

Evolution Vintage Gent normally sells for $179.00 from Orange Tree Samples

Thoughts

I’m a fan of Orange Tree Samples. I’ll say that upfront. I’ve reviewed many of their products and they always impress me with the quality and realism of their instruments. Having said that, I’m also a guitar player which means that I will hear problems with a sampled guitar right away.

Orange Tree Samples Evolution Vintage Gent Kontakt Player Instrument

If you told me even 5 years ago that I could be fooled by a sampled guitar, I would have doubted you and asked how you had gotten into my home. Though it’s still not perfect in all contexts, and single-note lines especially can be tricky in many common use cases, guitar sampling that is actually usable in professional productions has arrived. We really are here.

When I began playing Evolution Vintage Gent, the first thing I played was some guitaristic spread triads moving around root fifth third and my jaw was on the floor. This alone was worth the price of the library. If it could only play these spread triads and do nothing else, I would still want it. It’s so realistic and natural. A large part of the bottleneck, time-wise, when you’re against a deadline and need guitars in a cue is simply recording it nicely, getting a beautiful tone you’re happy with, not to mention getting a clean accurate performance.

Evolution Vintage Gent was sampled from a ’60s hollowbody electric guitar created in collaboration between Gretsch and Chet Atkins.

By using a sample to take some of that load off, you can get access to a beautiful, clean tone fairly instantly and not have to worry about tinkering with your setup to get your guitar sounding perfect. Obviously, if time is no issue, a real guitar is still going to sound better but that difference is arguably closing quickly. We aren’t talking about virtuosic unique playing here, the need for that will never go away. What I’m saying can be replaced by samples is a lot of the bread and butter backing track kind of playing, such as those slow-spaced outspread triads. The samples really are getting good enough and, especially in the context of a larger mix, most listeners won’t know the difference.

Orange Tree Samples Evolution Vintage Gent STRUM Panel

Those who have read my reviews before may be aware that a bad UI design is a huge pet peeve of mine. Orange Tree Samples has a consistent, clean, and functional UI across all of their products. It’s intuitive to use and easy to look at and understand what’s going on. The front page of the instrument greets you with a list of articulations. This is the bread and butter of the instrument. The list is vast and detailed including your basic sustain samples and continuing to palm mutes, harmonics, slides, hammer-ons, power chords, etc. By switching between these, you can absolutely create a very convincing guitar performance.

Orange Tree Samples Evolution Vintage Gent FX Panel

Once you’ve crafted your performance, you can head over to the tone panel where you’re given access to FX such as distortion, tremolo, wah, reverb, EQ, compression, chorus, flanger, delay, and amp modeling. Through a combination of these FX, you can go a long way towards crafting a unique sound.

Orange Tree Samples Evolution Vintage Gent Clean presets

It’s worth noting that, for those who don’t love to tinker with FX, the instrument includes a collection of snapshots each with a unique feel. These are great either as they come, or as a jumping-off point for your own custom presets. A feature I really enjoy is the Multitracking function found within the Setup panel.

Orange Tree Samples Evolution Vintage Gent Crunchy Preset

This allows you, with the click of a button, to create the sound of a double, triple, or quadruple tracked guitar part. There is some kind of controllable humanization going on that makes it sound incredibly realistic. When I saw the setting, I assumed I would be hearing some kind of chorus-like effect but was blown away by how real it actually sounded. Time is the great enemy of the deadline motivated composer and the ability to not have to record a second (or third or fourth) performance identical to your first to achieve that wide panned multitrack sound is such a pleasure. With the click of a button, you have wide guitars.

If you’re in the market for a beautiful, realistic, and playable electric guitar library, you won’t be disappointed with the Vintage Gent by Orange Tree Samples.

Facts

The Evolution Vintage Gent by Orange Tree Samples weighs in at 5GB, compressed down from 9.6 GB of 24-bit samples. It features a large collection of articulations including sustains, palm mute, harmonics, slides, legato performances, and more. These articulations can be changed using a variety of methods including key switching or note velocity. Each articulation features 3 dynamic layers with 2 round robins. The instrument’s UI is divided into the performance panel, the strum engine, the chord engine, tone, and set up. These allow full control over the performance and the sound of the instrument. It also features artificial “multitracking” allowing the user to double, triple, or quadruple track the performance with the click of a button. The library requires Kontakt version 5.8.1 and is fully compatible with the free Kontakt Player.

Evolution Vintage Gent normally sells for $179.00 from Orange Tree Samples

 

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Contributor Shaun Chasin reviews Evolution Vintage Gent by Orange Tree Samples
“If you’re in the market for a beautiful, realistic, and playable electric guitar library, you won’t be disappointed with the Evolution Vintage Gent. When it comes to sampled guitars, simply put, Orange Tree Samples is the best. “